I love Italian food, I love coming home from work to a kitchen that is full of the simmering aromatic smells of my favorite dishes without having to slave away in the kitchen.
I have taken some of Grandma's best dishes and started experimenting with the crock pot. The goal is to do all the chopping and prep at night or on the weekend and just dump the goods in the crock pot while my coffee is brewing in the morning and let it simmer all day, so I can come home to dinner.
The first meal is a Hearty Garden Chicken Cattiatore, using fresh, canned or frozen veggies, chicken thighs and some common seasonings, you can have a great meal with little prep.
Step 1: Get it together
Gather up the ingredients:
4 Chicken thighs, skinless (the skin just ends up being oily and mushy in the crock-pot)
1 large onion
2 bell peppers (I used one red & one green)
1 lb fresh tomatoes
1/2 lb Mushrooms
2 tsp. Italian Seasoning (I grow/dry/grind my own with basil, oregano, rosemary & thyme)
1 tsp. Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp Sea Salt
1/8 tsp Pepper
Have on Hand:
1 cup Chicken Broth
1 cup Dry Red Wine
6 oz Tomato Paste
Have your Knifes, cutting board and baggies or Tupperware ready.